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NYS Sh.791M Looting Suspect Ann Waiguru To Vie For Kirinyaga Gubernatorial, Still Enjoys Statehouse Privileges



L-R DP William Ruto, President Uhuru amd Ann Waiguru share a plartform during a apast state function

L-R DP William Ruto, President Uhuru amd Ann Waiguru share a plartform during a past state function

Ms Ann Waiguru, a once powerful figure in Jubilee government where she headed the devolution ministry, is back in the news. Despite massive backing from Statehouse, Waiguru succumbed to public pressure and resigned following allegations that she masterminded theft of up to Sh.791M from the NYS coffers.

Waiguru was sold out by her proxy Kabura, a hairdresser that she planted in the syphoning scheme and later ousted her in a scathing affidavit that is still under investigations by the EACC, she particular mentioned Waiguru as the chief architect of the mass looting.

On her resignation, Waiguru went on water testing overdrive in the political world. She held several meetings and had made her interest in Nairobi’s gubernatorial race open. Her entrance into the already crowded arena with political heavyweights caused immense unease within the Jubilee faction who are determined to grab the seat from CORD- sponsored Kidero.

Jubilee is still torn on who to give the ticket between Sakaja, Waweru or Wanjiru, who’re equally strong candidates. After deliberations, Waiguru strategically drew back and went on to keep a low profile. According to Kenya Insights sources planted at the house in the hill, Waiguru was advised to drop her bid for Nairobi and promised Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat with statehouse support.

This was stamped over the weekend when a Statehouse official attached to Waiguru, Mr Patrick Ngatia, publicly announced at a function in Kirinyaga that Statehouse had endorsed her for the county’s gubernatorial seat. Even though Waiguru herself steered off from directly admitting, the subliminal message was home.

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Former Devolution CS Ann Waiguru

Former Devolution CS Ann Waiguru

Thanks to this meeting, the loudly mouthed Ngatia revealed that Statehouse was still treating Waiguru with executive privileges including security details, and State officers still accompany her to different functions. “The State House has not forsaken Ms Waiguru, and that is why she is always assigned an official from the seat of power to accompany her wherever she goes.” Mr Ngatia is a senior staff member in the Political Affairs Division in Statehouse.

Waiguru ceased being a State employee on her resignation and shouldn’t be legible to such a like privileges which contravene laws and exposing abuse of power. Not a single cent of taxpayers money should be spent on her in the capacity of an official unless she’s serving under unknown position.

NYS looting scandal is still undergoing investigations, and Waiguru maintains innocence. She boasts of having won over ten awards in her three-year tenure, and it goes without mentioning that it’s within these three years of her tenure that NYS lost nearly Sh 1B in fraudulent deals that sworn affidavits link her to.

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